Check out the awesome speakers for WebVisions Portland…and the list is still growing. Learn about the future of omnichannel retail, user experience, collaboration, responsive design, roller derby (paying attention?) and more!
Yoni Bloch is an Israeli musician and the founder and CEO of Interlude, a technology company that designs, develops, markets and enables the creation of interactive videos. Through Interlude's patented technology, Bloch has ushered in a new norm for online storytelling that allows users to actively engage with online video in a multi-layered experience, and to create new experiences on their own. In Israel, Yoni is a successful rock musician and performer with three top-selling records. He has produced and recorded tracks for Israel's biggest artists, composed music for TV, film and theater, and was a judge in the Israeli version of “American Idol.”
Carolyn has been working in the field of User Experience Design for over 16 years, as a consultant and practice leader for companies such as Open Text and Manifest Digital. Now an independent consultant, her areas of specialty include design strategy, team workshops, interaction design, information architecture, and user research and modeling. She has co-authored A Project Guide to UX Design with Russ Unger (now in its second edition) and Adventures in Experience Design with Anna van Slee. Due to her work in teaching and mentoring students and start-ups, Carolyn was named one of "Chicago's Tech 50" by Crain's Magazine.
As an Experience Design Director with Mad*Pow in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Adam combines his interaction design experience with his background in Computer Science, Film and Visual Design to create effective, efficient, and easy-to-use applications, websites, and interactive media.
Always imbued with the spirit of an entrepreneur, Sarah launched the hybrid agency Harley & Co. in the spring of 2012, with a particular focus on working education related start ups and venture capital firms. Bridging the divide between the analytical and creative, Sarah's diverse background has included a stint as a UN delegate, along with various consulting positions within the public health, education and workforce development sectors.
William Hertling is a software engineer and developer community manager at HP, where he works on web and mobile print experiences. He is also the author of the award-winning Singularity science fiction series about the emergence of artificial intelligence, social reputation, and other near-future issues. Wired called his first novel, Avogadro Corp, "chilling and compelling."
As a designer and user interface engineer, Shay Howe has a passion for solving problems while building creative and intuitive products, and he specializes in user interface design and development.
For over 15 years, Donna Lichaw has helped businesses such as Atlantic Records, Citi, Bloomberg, Seamless, Apartment Therapy, and WNYC to create, launch, and innovate digital products, campaigns, and services. Emphasizing a unique mix of strategic storytelling, design, and development, she drives teams to think big and get measurable results by starting small. In addition to running her product strategy and consulting practice and building and training design and product teams, she is on the adjunct faculty at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. Donna is currently writing a book about using narrative structure to design successful products and services for Rosenfeld Media.
Emily has been the Director of Communications and Development for The LAMP (Learning About Multimedia Project) since 2008, overseeing areas such as fundraising, strategic partnerships, special events, business development, web content and marketing. By bringing hands-on media training and education directly to low-income communities and schools citywide, The LAMP is a leader in empowering people of all ages to be active participants in digital culture, and shape the media landscape.
Divya is working on features in existing Adobe tools to help make the new world of responsive web design better for everyone. Previously, she worked at Opera, advocating the use of web technologies while contributing to open source projects and books on web development.
Magga Dora is a senior experience designer at Mad*Pow, with a background in psychology and computer science. She has been involved in software development since the turn of the century, and has been teaching human computer interaction to engineers and computer science students for over a decade. User experience is Magga Dora's passion and profession, and she firmly believes that people's lives can be improved by creating good user experiences.
Andrea serves as First Deputy Commissioner for the Chicago Public Library, a system of 80 branches supporting all Chicago neighborhoods. She leads program planning, design and evaluation and supports system-wide strategy and organizational development. Before joining the Library leadership team, she served as Chief of Staff to Chicago Public Schools CEO, where she led strategy development and implementation of district-wide initiatives and oversaw foundation, corporate and government grant development and partnerships.
Stephanie Sansoucie leads the experience strategy, design research and experience innovation practices at Kohl's Corporation. She brings deep omnichannel expertise focusing on user experience, customer experience, e-commerce, service design, organizational transformation and digital strategy. Her recent initiatives involve customer experience, omnichannel strategy, business process transformation, team leadership and experience design.
Anna is passionate (in, ahem, a professional way) about two industries: Play and Health. As Director of Product Development at Marbles: The Brain Store's Workshop, she is fortunate to marry her most favorite pursuits by creating fun products that build better brains.
Thomas Wendt is a design strategy and research consultant based in New York City, specializing in user research, experience strategy, design thinking, and innovation. He works with clients to help them better understand their customers through rigorous research methods, framing of key user needs and problem areas, and providing structure to ideation sessions.
Silicon Valley native Megan Williams is a Senior UX Designer and spends her days focused on developing and improving PayPal’s Consumer digital wallet. Her designs focus on creating simplified and intuitive experiences. In addition to her passion for design, Megan also loves mentoring and coaching for the Santa Cruz Derby Girls - an all-female player, full-contact, flat track roller derby league based in Santa Cruz, CA.
Karen Munro is the Head of the University of Oregon, Portland Library and Learning Commons. Previously, she was the E-Learning Librarian at UC Berkeley, and the Literatures Librarian at the University of Oregon. She holds an MLIS from the University of British Columbia, as well as an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She's interested in better library design.